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      1. Story from THE stars have aligned for a bumper run-off fishing season in the Territory. Weather permitting, eager anglers will flock to barra hot spots as flooded rivers and creeks recede over coming weeks. Although only “early days”, Roger Sinclair of Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge said the 2018 run-off season should not disappoint. “The lodge has only just opened up for fishing … initial reports are that it’s going mad up there,” he said. “It depends on whether or not we get another monsoon burst, but if we don’t you’d expect it to get even better from here on. “I don’t know when the penny will drop exactly … but it (the water) will get to the right level and things will just go crazy.” Typically running over March and April, the run-off season is one of the biggest annual drawcards of the Territory’s recreational fishing industry. At Daly River, a mecca for Australian barra fishing, locals are champing at the bit. “After the flood, the thing on everyone’s lips is fishing – the ‘run-off’,” said long-term Nauiyu resident Andy McTaggart. Stuart Brisbane, co-owner of Daly River Barra Resort, was bullish about the coming few weeks. “Last time we had good rain like this, the fishing was very good,” he said.“A few people have heard through the grapevine that it should be a good run-off this year. The flood plains are full, the river is still full, and everything is heading the right way.” But Mr Brisbane, who has operated fishing tours on the Daly River for more than a decade, said there were always “so many variables”. “If we get another monsoon trough, which is very possible, it brings the river back up again and the season will be even later,” he said. “But if we don’t get rain from now on, the run-off will be on for young and old in a week’s time.” Fishing expert and NT News columnist Alex Julius said the run-off would be one of the best the Top End’s had in several years after last year’s bumper Wet. “Last year there was a huge recruitment of juvenile barramundi and they will be nearly legal size, there will be plague proportions in some places,” he said.
      2. Binder

        northern territory Banana Karma

        Might have to stop hiding bananas in Rays boat for comps and on tagging days.......
      3. Name: Win the ultimate fishing trip for you and a mate to the NT Category: Saltwater Fishing Date Added: 2017-08-15 Submitter: Fishflicks Win the ultimate fishing trip for you and a mate to the NT, worth $10K. Flights, accomodation, meals and transfers all included. Sign up to Fishflicks in the month of August, get access to your favourite fishing, hunting, and 4WD content whenever you want, and automatically go into the draw to win the trip of a lifetime. Visit to sign up. Win the ultimate fishing trip for you and a mate to the NT
      4. So I have finally caved into some girls at work who have been begging for a trip so Yellow Waters (Kakadu) here we come (I have my fingers crossed my reputation is on the line) its estrogen, V's testosterone. Wish me luck
      5. Joe Devereux

        Chasing Barra On The Daly

        Hi this might be a long shot Have any Northern Territory members fished the Daly recently heading up on the weekend, and staying at Woolianna. haven't fished it too much as, but wiht the rain we've had I hope they are on the chew and the Barra Nationals comp left a few behind. If you have any advice I would appreciate it. Southerners stay tuned for a update and pics
      6. Jimmybob2


        Gove... the landscape almost alien.. the water full of things that want to kill you... it's beautiful.. then there's where man turned it into a garbage pile.. it's sad.. the weather wasn't to kind to me most of my stay , and the heat and humidity actually made me ill lol.. i was lucky enough to go to sacred lands tho, saw amazing wildlife , fish that I'd only read about and probably the most beautiful coastline il ever see. I didn't see a Barra , I lost monster jacks and coral trout that still give me shivers. I didn't catch any world records, but I loved every minute of fishing in a new land.. these are some photos of last April.
      7. danny9

        northern territory Gove

        hey guys anyone fished around Gove before? i'm thinking of going out with Gove Fishing Safaris for a trip. Looks pretty good
      8. merry christmas to everyone in NT. thunderstorms and rain tomorrow
      9. Gad

        NT MILLION $ BARRA Comp

        A million-dollar barramundi is the main lure in a Northern Territory Government campaign to attract tourists to the Top End during the low season. launched by NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, will see 76 barramundi tagged and released across fishing locations in the Top End, one of them carrying a $1 million prize tag and the remaining 75 carrying $10,000 cash prize tags. Full story: ADDED INFO The competition will run from 1 October 2015 to 29 February 2016, and participants must register online at to compete. Everyone who registers for the competition before 31 August will have the chance to win a holiday to the Northern Territory for four people valued at $20,000.
      10. I wonder what their accident rate is for boats compared to the rest of Australia. Be nice to save a few hundred on the Rego as well! or full article here />
      11. This bloke must be related to James - joined the 4 foot club on first fishing trip!
      12. Taken from Fishing Worlds email newsletter AFANT proposes better fishing access under Mary River management plan 09 Oct 2014 THE Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) has lodged its submission to the NT's Mary River National Park Joint Management Plan. Mary River National Park is located 100 km east of Darwin, covers 112,000 hectares and is jointly managed by the Limilngan and Uwynmil Traditional Owners with the Parks and Wildlife Commission. A previous draft Joint Management Plan was tabled, then disallowed by the Legislative Assembly in February 2013. “The Mary River National Park and surrounding waterways contain one of the Territory’s most important recreational fisheries which offers the full diversity of landscapes and fishing experiences available in the Top End,†said AFANT President Warren de With. “In our submission AFANT has provided comments on a range of issues including weeds and pests, floodplain barrages, crocodile management and improving access. AFANT strongly supports the protecting and improving fishing access rights in the Mary River National Park. "AFANT says it has made it clear that the plan needs to provide increased and improved access to the park and its waterways. With increased population pressures around Darwin it is important that fishing pressure on popular fishing sites is well managed. "One way of achieving this is increasing access and spreading the recreational fishing effort in the NT as this adds to the fishing experience and opportunities. "We have specifically noted the opportunities that exist within the park for opening up new areas to fishing, particularly on the areas currently leased by Marrakai Station in the Mary River conservation reserve. As the lease will expire during the life of the plan we are strongly of the view that the licence to graze this area should not be re-issued without access arrangements for the important recreational fishing areas. "We welcome the acknowledgment on improving access in the draft plan particularly the proposal to upgrade the Point Stuart road access as well as identifying the need for a new boat ramp on the lower Mary River. Improving access to these areas would be welcomed as a real positive for recreational anglers and will significantly improve access to both Chambers and Finke Bays. "AFANT looks forward to working with traditional owners and parks management on the implementation of positive outcomes for recreational fishers.†AFANT President Warren de With said. More on the Draft Joint Management Plan available at:
      13. Here's a short vid I did of a charter I did out to the NT's Vernon Islands casting around drop offs for queenies, cod, trout etc about six months ago. We didn't have a great day out but there were a few reasonable fish landed... enough to keep us entertained anyway. These were some of the better fish of the day (best watched full screen in HD): [video width=425 height=344 type=youtube]oQ91lHcmvHs
      14. Dean.Dudley

        Fishing trip to Arnhemland

        I am considering a fishing trip next April staying at the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge. The fishing sounds fantastic with barra, jew and reef options available. Does anyone have experience of this place or similar? I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter. Their website is at Barralodge Website regards
      15. Angus

        Darwin On Light Line

        As some of you know Henry (DoStylz) and I headed to Darwin recently for a site fishing charter with Vision Sports Fishing Charters. I am not going to waffle and come across cheesy but I cant recommend this operation more highly. We arrived at the stupid hour of 2:30am (due to plane delays) for a 4:30am pick up. This was not super appealing but the aniticipation and a few red bulls got me through. The minute I saw the water anyway... BING. Eyes wide open. Getting the gear ready. PS... Damn comfortable ride. The concept of this trip was not typically what I have read about for NT trips, and this was what alrgely appealed to me. Instead of trolling big lures in dirty water or bait fsihing shallow reefs we would actually sighting our fish in the shallows and attempting to cast right to them. Now by shallow I mean shallow with many barra spotted in water that could barely contain them. Ben (from Vision) was an absolute guru at spotting these fish. After launching we were straight into the action with our new PAYO Bent Minnows proving themselves (and turning our the be hands down the lure of the trip). These PAYO bent minnows are similar to the OSP ones but a 3rd of the price and I cant fault their action! Soon after we were on again, and again and again. Then there was a triple hookup! Some more fish on the surface from the same location... Then it was time to ditch the "heavy stuff" (being 10lb ) and try out our 4lb set ups. So glad we did. Once again despite being told "your going to get your arse handed to you"... It didnt happen with some great fish being landed. In fact on the second day the fishing proved to be a lot tougher and it was the light stuff that shone as being superior. Dont get me wrong... These are not Meter + fish... But I would personally prefer a 60-70 on 4lb than a meter on a broomstick anyday Henry Casted a PAYO Bent Minnow deep into a snaggy drain and somehow managed to extract this fish on 4lb braid and 4lb leader... And again the light stuff on queenies. Bens a bit camera shy as the guide doesnt usually fish but we were having none of that! The afternoon of the first day resulted in a session throwing everything we had on light gear at a plethora of queenies, trevs and mackerel. While only a few queenies were "huge" on the gear we were using this was epic fun with over 50 fish caught in a couple of hours (if not more). At one point I was literally panting and sweating as it was one after the after casting small chrome into this massed school of pelagics... This session resulted in several more triple hook ups and event a quadruple as a plastic was left dangling in the water!! Last Barra of the trip caught on ultra light gear when the fishing got tough... Ben cruising us back to the ramp... Note the phone number This is what we were often looking for in the shallows... Not afraid to get us into the REALLY shallow stuff in search of fish. Some cool wildlife up there... Little Croc. Buffalo Land of extremes... All fish for the trip released unharmed. Cheers. Sorry for the long one! Angus
      16. rayke1938

        Not much happening in Darwin.

        Ship is in port today and this is the only fishing relate4d thing I could find in nthe local paper. I made the headelines. They must be really conservation minded. Well a frog is an amphibian. :sick: The poor thing was fried in a meter box wonder if they will call for all meter boxes to be banned. Cheers Ray
      17. ozlad

        From bream to barra..kinda

        It has been a while since I posted on here after the big move to Darwin, but I thought I would throw a few pictures up of my maiden voyage in the new boat. Relocating from Brisbane to Darwin, I have been chumping at the bit to get on the water. After finally finding a decent boat that wasn’t over-priced I let it sit in the shed for 7 weeks while I tripped around Europe… Toughest 7 weeks, not having the chance to test the new boat out. Scouring through the fish finder magazine and resisting the temptation to go to the big named river Mary, Daly & Adelaide I decided to run the boat in a little and get a feel for it in the habour (safer option). To my surprise the very heavily fished harbour was empty and I had a creek all to myself, great.. (really I was thinking I must be in the wrong spot). Placing the boat into a likely mud bank with a number of fish breaking the surface either side of the boat, I’m hit on my first cast.. barra.. nope! A huge bream on a 4†plastic. A fish is a fish and it was a good start, but I wasn’t exactly looking for bream. Four bream later… I got another bream like hit, but this time I leapt from the water at a rate of knots and at least 8 times in the next 5-10minutes (a little blurry). Fishing 15lb mainline and 10lb leader, it was heart in mouth stuff and to make matter worse alone without a landing net. After a few tense moments, I landed my fist NT barra going 78cm! The fish bit hard for 30minutes and I landed more bream and procceded to drop a load of threadfin… very hard to hook. All fish were caught in 50cm of water and most occasions I could see the fish take the lure. oh and a 18.9cm muddy to top it off all within 3km of the main boat ramp! Cheers, Ozlad
      18. muzz

        Argh the good old NT
      19. rayke1938

        Name, Photo and shame.

        They do things a little different in the Territory. You get nabbed and your photo gets published Great idea. Cheers Ray
      20. ellicat

        Safer Barra in NT
      21. Angus

        Headed To Darwin

        We I am headed to Darwin for the long weekend. Do$tylz and I are going up inder the banner of Obsession Fishing with the aim of making some business alliances and organise some pacakge trips similar to the Reel Chase packages we are promoting. I have had so much on the last few weeks I have not really had a chance to be excited but the twitch just started. Leaving Friday night and back Monday with two solid days fishing with Vision Sportsfishing Charters. The owner Benjaman Currell (who some of you may remember as an employee of Tackle Warehouse), has indicated the weather and conditions are looking sweet. The aim I think is to target Barra and Threaddies "flats style" and head into open water on the bottom of the tide for queenies, macks etc. I have never been to Darwin and really have no idea what to expect but hopefully we will have a good report or you Monday. Angus
      22. cboy69

        Fishing in Kakadu

        Hi all I have never really posted much as I don't really catch much fish despite spending time and money on gear. However recently my luck changed for one glorious trip up north. Initially my trip was meant to be 2 weeks in Thailand to attend a family wedding then 2 weeks in Hawaii with my gf, however the collapse of Air Australia sunk that plan and on short notice my gf booked Darwin instead. I later asked her if she knew it was wet season in Darwin and she said 'no' :pinch: Knowing I was going to Darwin I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get some gear ready for an attempt at catching a Barra in the NT. The staff at the 7seas pro shop helped me pick an Abu Garcia Hornet rod paired with a Shimano Biomaster c300hg. I loaded it up with YGK 20lb braid and grabbed heaps of lures from numerous tackle stores across Phuket and Bangkok. Here I am at the Bungsamran Fishing Park with an average sized catfish. I got there late in the day and only had time for 2 fish before leaving. Attached to Bungsamram is the '7SeasPro shop'. Which would probably be the best stocked tackle store in Thailand. 7SeasPro Shop looking to the left 7SeasPro Shop looking to the right Some of the various lures I bought in Thailand. As a rough guide 400 Thai Baht is about Aus$11 Upon returning to Aus we flew off to Darwin, picked up our rental car and drove to kakadu. I spoke to locals about catching Barra every time I had the chance. Everyone was very helpful and made it sound ridiculously easy to catch Barra, despite having no confidence with lures I was feeling hopeful. I was told Barra fishing is best at the end of the wet season as the influx of water causes a boom in baitfish stocks which attracts the Barra. Then once the water levels drop the Barra are concentrated in the waterways. Although we were about 3weeks from the end of the wet season we still had a good chance of getting some. We traveled out to Kakadu National Park where we spent most of our time at Cooinda resort/camping ground. Being the wet season the camp grounds were empty and all forms of accomodation was at its cheapest ($30 for 2x adult camping per night). The next day we went on a Barra tour which cost only $120pp, which is great compared to Barra tours in Darwin which were about $300+ if I remember correctly. Yellow waters, lush from the wet season rainfall. Our first stop on the charter was the boat ramp. This is a functioning boat ramp in the dry season. The charter guide gave us some info on how to work the lure and helped me pick a lure from those I brought back from Thailand. He suggested anything green, silver, or gold. Within 10mins of actual fishing I got my first ever Barra at 73cm :woohoo: Happy with this Barra I took a step back for the rest of the trip and let everyone else get the prime spots on the boat for casting.
      23. crazywalrus

        Gove Fishing 2011 & Banu Banu

        Well it has been a while since I went on this trip and I have been coping a bit of grief from a couple of members over not posting so here goes. I went up to Gove with a few Mates from around Australia to try our luck. For people that do not want to read the Report and would rather watch a video Day 1. Was travel flying via Cairns however this day was not wasted. I was going to try and catch up with Tio_Tony but my stop over was not long enough so the decision was made to enjoy the free beers at the Qantas Club, you have to love mates with membership. Several Beers later and a few MMS and Text to annoy fellow AFO members at work we on our next leg to Gove. Landed In Gove and met by our mate living there and greeted with a coldie for the drive back to the house. What a good bloke. A quick catch up with his missus and the kids and the call was made to hit the local night highlights to try our luck. It was an interesting night but I think the details are best left for another forum. So pissed and tired we head back to the house at 12.30 to get some sleep before a 3.30am start. I slept in the boat as there was no way I was going to sleep in the same room as 4 snoring blokes. Day 2. A quick breakfast of toasted ham and cheese croissants prepared by Nicole the night before and we were on our way. Yumm . I think we may have been a little tiddly but for Ellicat there was one Sober Driver. We got on the water and the first beer was cracked by 4.30am it went down nice. It was about 40 mins run over to Banu Banu and our fishing spots. First spot we found a nice pinnacle Reef and the expectations where high. It was not long before we where landing some nice small mouth Nannygai and a couple of fingermark. Two species I have never caught before. The current was starting to roar through with the 6m tides they get there so we decided to have a troll around the islands for some speedsters. On the first troll my RMG scorpion gets wacked only to have the braid on my mates rod fail. We go for another run around the island and see the lure floating on the surface with massive teeth marks in it. :woohoo: We decided to Anchor up on the calm side of the Island. The bottom was made up of huge Granite Boulders with reef all over them. It was not long before we were on only to have it taken and smacked by an unstoppable. This continued to occur so we rigged up with some bigger gear. During this process I put my Barra combo up in the Rocket Launchers. It gets smacked by yet another huge fish and the rocket launcher breaks and I am minus a rod and reel for the weekend. We persist for a couple of hours but we are unable to get any of these behemoths up to the surface. We were pulling the hooks through 130lb Leader. Dam big fish and probably big Cod. Was a lot of fun trying to turn these fish.
      24. Lozzel

        Quickie from Darwin

        Arrived in Darwin on monday, hit the creeks on Tuesday & Wednesday, very quiet on the fishing front with strong winds and neap tides. Although Glenda outfished me as usual landing 10 good Bream to the high 30's & low 40's on Tuesday and Wednesday landing some more monster Bream and 4 Cod in mid 40's all great fun on light gear and a great feed as well. Here for another week, hoping the weather drops out for a trip outside and hopefully some bigger fish. The wetlands are fishing well for Barra, but it is a bit congested with 200 boats fishing some of the lagoons. Doing the tourist thing at the moment going to the NPs and visiting the local sites. Heading home through Kakadu so will fish Shady camp for some big barra and Boraloola, Burketown and Normanton, so still pleanty of time to wet aline and catch something. Will do a report and post some pics when we get home in a few weeks. Lozz.
      25. dejavou

        Chasing Barra in the NT

        Morning all. I'm off to the NT again for work and hopefully I will get the chance to go chasing some barra in the Victoria River and it surrounding waterways. Having never fished for barra before, I am hoping the brains trust can point me in the right direction with regards to the gear I already own. I have a couple of light setups, a Jarvis Walker rod/real 2-4kg light/medium action with a fishunter 350 reel, a Shimano 2-4kg rod with a Shimano 2500FB reel, a Jarvis Walker Royale rod 5-8kg and the matching reel RG2 3500, and lastly a Shimano Watchline 6-8kg rod with an AX 6000FA reel. I have no idea if any of this gear is even suitable but any advice would be greatly appreciated. I was talking to one bloke at BCF in Darwin a while ago and he was saying that braid is better for chasing barra. Is this the case?? And lastly, can anyone recommend some good lures?? TIA, Jas